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Friday, 20 September 2013 14:14

Snyder: Pilot jobs program helps more than 1,000

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Gov. Rick Snyder says more than 1,000 unemployed Michigan residents have been placed in full-time jobs through the state's Community Ventures program since its launch a year ago. The Michigan Economic Development Corp. started the pilot program in October 2012. It connects pre-screened unemployed residents of Flint, Saginaw, Pontiac and Detroit with companies willing to hire and provide opportunities for long-term employment. Since its launch, Snyder's office says 63 employers have committed to the program. In all, there have been 1,076 participants. Under the program, the MEDC also works with community partners to provide supportive services to participants. Services include job coaching, transportation, workforce readiness, child care and adult education.